2016 Nissan Murano vs. 2016 Toyota RAV4: What's the Best Crossover SUV to Buy?

Nissan Murano or Toyota RAV4
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Nissan Murano or Toyota RAV4?

If saving money is your main concern, the Toyota RAV4 is cheaper than the Nissan Murano. You'll save about $5,000 by purchasing the RAV4 (when comparing base models). The RAV4 is among the most fuel-efficient crossover SUVs – saving you money at the gas pump – and it has excellent safety and reliability scores.

Though the RAV4 is cheaper, it doesn't offer as much value or performance as the Murano (which is partially why we picked it as our 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money). With its larger engine, the Murano has better acceleration than the RAV4 and is rated significantly higher in our ranking of SUVs with 2 rows. Plus, as the 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for Families, the Nissan is a safe and practical pick. The Murano also feels like a grade above the RAV4, due to its stylish interior and premium materials.

While deciding whether the Murano or the RAV4 is a better match for you, it's also helpful to see the current Toyota car deals and Nissan car deals of the month. For more car reviews, tips on negotiating a smart car lease, or car buying mistakes to avoid, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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